Virtual Hearings in Agency Adjudication

Recommendation 2021-4, Virtual Hearings in Agency Adjudication – addresses the use of virtual hearings—that is, proceedings in which participants attend remotely using a personal computer or mobile device—in agency adjudications. Drawing heavily on agencies’ experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic, the recommendation identifies best practices for improving existing virtual-hearing programs and establishing new ones in accord with principles of fairness and efficiency and with due regard for participant satisfaction.

Citation: Admin. Conf. of the U.S., Recommendation 2021-4, Virtual Hearings in Agency Adjudication, 86 Fed. Reg. 36083 (July 8, 2021).

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Name Committee Type Date File
4-20-2021 Agenda Adjudication Agenda Download
05-04-2021 Agenda Adjudication Agenda Download
Virtual Hearings in Agency Adjudication RFP Download
Virtual Hearings in Agency Adjudication - Draft Recommendation for April 20, 2021 Meeting Adjudication Recommendation Download
Virtual Hearings in Agency Adjudication Adjudication Recommendation Download
Virtual Hearings in Agency Adjudication - Proposed Recommendation (Clean Version) for Plenary Adjudication Recommendation Download
Virtual Hearings in Agency Adjudication - Proposed Recommendation from Committee Adjudication Recommendation Download
Virtual Hearings in Agency Adjudication - Draft Recommendation for Committee May 12, 2021 Adjudication Recommendation Download
Virtual Hearings in Agency Adjudication - Draft Recommendation for May 4, 2021 Meeting Adjudication Recommendation Download
Virtual Hearings in Agency Adjudication - Committee Redline from April 20, 2021 Meeting Adjudication Recommendation Download
Virtual Hearings in Agency Adjudication - Draft Report Adjudication Report Download
Virtual Hearings in Agency Adjudication - Final Report Report Download
Legal Considerations for Remote Hearings in Agency Adjudications Report Download
Comment from National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives Public Comment Download
Comment from Ann Biddle, Emilia Sicilia, and Catherine M. Callery Public Comment Download
Comment from Russell R. Wheeler Member Comment Download
Comment from Patrick R. Nagle Member Comment Download
Comment from Russell R. Wheeler Member Comment Download
Comment from Jeffrey S. Lubbers Member Comment Download